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gesticulate

[je-stik-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used without object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing.
  1. to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.
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verb (used with object), ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing.
  1. to express by gesturing.
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Origin of gesticulate

1595–1605; < Latin gesticulātus (past participle of gesticulārī), equivalent to Late Latin (assumed in Latin) gesticul(us) gesture (diminutive of gestus; see gestic, -cule1) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsges·tic·u·la·tive, ges·tic·u·la·to·ry [je-stik-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dʒɛˈstɪk yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveges·tic·u·la·tor, nouno·ver·ges·tic·u·late, verb, o·ver·ges·tic·u·lat·ed, o·ver·ges·tic·u·lat·ing.o·ver·ges·tic·u·la·tive, adjectiveo·ver·ges·tic·u·la·tive·ly, adverbun·ges·tic·u·lat·ing, adjectiveun·ges·tic·u·la·tive, adjectiveun·ges·tic·u·la·to·ry, adjective

Synonyms

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1. gesture, motion, wave, signal.
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Examples from the Web for gesticulated

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  • And he cried and gesticulated with his two long arms, and he stamped with his short legs.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Adams looked at her, and gesticulated shakily at the convulsive figure on the floor.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • I lounged, smoked, gesticulated, and declaimed him to perfection.

  • He began to pace wildly to and fro, he shouldered his spade, he gesticulated with his other arm.

    To-morrow

    Joseph Conrad

  • He howled, gesticulated, shrieked with all the strength of his lungs.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer


British Dictionary definitions for gesticulated

gesticulate

verb
  1. to express by or make gestures
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Derived Formsgesticulative, adjectivegesticulator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin gesticulārī, from Latin gesticulus (unattested except in Late Latin) gesture, diminutive of gestus gesture, from gerere to bear, conduct
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Word Origin and History for gesticulated

gesticulate

v.

c.1600, from Latin gesticulatus, past participle of gesticulari "to gesture, mimic," from gesticulus "a mimicking gesture," diminutive of gestus "gesture, carriage, posture" (see gest). Related: Gesticulated; gesticulating.

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